A woman has been officially diagnosed as the first person ever to be suffering from ‘climate change.’
The Canadian woman is in her 70s and is asthmatic but is now facing further breathing problems, allegedly as a direct result of climate change.
According to doctors, poor air quality and heatwaves are the cause of her condition.
One of her medical practitioners, Dr Kyle Merrit said: “All of her health problems have worsened and she’s really struggling to stay hydrated. We had to figure out how to cool someone in the emergency department.”
Doctors say this is the first time climate change has been attributed as a direct cause of medical illness.
“If we’re not looking at the underlying cause, and we’re just treating the symptoms, we’re just gonna keep falling further and further behind. It’s me trying to just..process what I’m seeing.”
Canada saw a heatwave in June, followed by multiple wildfires and thick smog in parts, which could have be worsening her illness.
While Ireland may not have wildfires and smog to deal with, we have the 4th highest prevalence of asthma worldwide, according to the HSE.
Approximately 470,000 people affected with the condition across the country.
A large number of people also suffer with heart disease and circulatory illness that could potentially be worsened due to climate change and pollution.
Earlier this year, experts warned that as many as 12,000 people could die from illnesses caused by air pollution by 2030.
The Irish Heart Foundation (IHF) and British Heart Foundation Northern Ireland predict that up to 23 people could die each week from heart disease, strokes and heart attacks linked to air pollution in Ireland.
Both charities called for an island-wide ban on some fuels to protect the public from the most lethal kind of air pollution.
The organisations are insisting on an island-wide ban on smoky coal, sod turf and wet wood.